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Justice for the People of Bhopal


    In the dark of night, as December 2 rolled over into December 3, 1984 and nearby residents slept, toxic gas began leaking from a pesticide factory in Bhopal. Within three days, as many as 10,000 people had died in the central Indian town.

    Since then another 12,000 have died. Thousands of survivors and their descendants have suffered – and still suffer -- long-term health problems from the effects of gas exposure. Respiratory illnesses, damage to internal organs, and problems with the immune system are common. 

      Martin Sheen appears in new film Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

        Those who survived have faced long-term health problems, but receive little medical help. For 30 years the survivors of Bhopal have campaigned for justice, for fair compensation, health care and for Union Carbide, now owned by Dow Chemicals, to be held to account. 

    Martin Sheen, actor

    Amnesty International calls on the government of India to ensure the site is cleaned up, the survivors are supported and the companies responsible for the gas leak and ongoing pollution are held accountable. We also urge the US government to ensure that the US company Dow Chemical complies with ongoing legal actions and cooperates with the Indian government to remedy the consequences of the Bhopal disaster.


    Campaign Updates

    Blog: International campaign blog with survivor testimonies and photos by award-winning photographer, Raghu Rai.

    Video: Amnesty supporters in Toronto march to mark the 30th anniversary of Bhopal. April 9, 2015.

    News: Dow Shareholders must be held accountable. December 3,2014

    Campaign digest:30 Years is Too Long to Get Justice. December 2, 2014

    News: New poll shows support for bringing Dow Chemical to justice in India. December 1, 2014

    Event: Bhopal Rally and March. Nov 29th, 2014.

    News: India: Victory for Gas Leak Survivors. November 14, 2014.

    News: Dow Chemical a no-show in court hearing over Bhopal disaster. November 12, 2014.

    News: Hollywood takes on corporate giants over Bhopal gas disaster. November 7, 2014.

    News: Bhopal court has issued new summons on Dow Chemical. August 4, 2014.

    Statement: The Bhopal tragedy: 30 years of injustice for victims and survivors: Amnesty International written statement to the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council (3 – 28 March 2014)

    Book chapter: “Injustice incorporated: Corporate abuses and the human right to remedy”, Amnesty International book (containing a case study about Bhopal). March 2014

    Report: “Clouds of Injustice: Bhopal disaster 20 years on”, Amnesty International report. November 2004

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